I am astounded to read some of the comments posted here. What short term
memories Americans have. You may not agree with the war but has our homeland
been hit with another attack since 9/11/01? The war has been kept off our home
land by those who are willing to go out and do the job regardless of what it may
cost. Freedom didn't just happen in America and unless it is protected, it will
not remain. We have become a self centered society and can't see beyond our own
lives. Thank you James Cawley and all those who have been willing to sacrifice
on behalf of others who only care about themselves.
I did not know Jim personally, but I married into his family. Kevin (above) is
my husband. I am extremely proud of people like Jim and Kevin for going and
defending the rights this country was based on. You do not have to support the
war, but please support our service men and women who are out fighting it.
One last thought: don't presume we are doing NOTHING in Afghanistan. Just
because they don't tell you everything that's going on doesn't mean nothing's
happening. This is one situation where secrecy is not only permissible, it's
morally necessary. The unnecessary loss of American lives for the sole purpose
of reassuring you that we ARE doing what we set out to do would be a REAL case
of murder at the hands of ANYBODY in the administration responsible.
Correction: men ARE free to set out on whatever they want to dedicate their
lives to. If you don't believe me, look up the term "lasseiz-faire capitalism."
It's the very DEFINITION of freedom.The next thing I want to do is
also to say that this war may in fact be surrounded with lies, but the
destruction of evil is NEVER an unworthy cause. Is there still evil here at
home? Absolutely, and you can bet that I never pass up a chance to fight the
injustices that I can here, through a hobby I never knew I shared with my uncle:
Jim was my uncle, and I would like to throw in a few words as well.On tuesday, March 24, I'm being sworn in to the Army. My decision, six years
after my uncle was killed, is not a direct result of his death, or his service,
but it is very much for the same reasons that he was willing to put his life on
the line. He was out there trying to protect the good from the evil. The
"Good" are those who try to live their lives to the fullest without invading the
freedoms of others, the "Evil" take what they want from whoever has it, even if
it costs others their life. There are two things I want to accomplish in this
comment: 1) If you must use this story of rememberance as a discussion forum
for your own ideals, know what you're talking about. America was founded as the
closest thing ever to pure capitalism. It didn't quite make it all the way, but
close. Men were free to set out on whatever they wanted to dedicate their lives
Thank you to all who have expressed appreciation for my brother's service. Even
those who don't agree with the war but appreciate his sacrifice. Our Dad served
in WW2/Vietnam and once told me a story of coming home from Vietnam and walking
through the airport. There were protestors and one of them spit on one of his
men. And in anger and for protection of his men, he grabbed the protestor and
"made it clear" he "better not do that again." We have grown as a country since
then. Most citizens understand more about the sacrifice of those who serve. I
am forever grateful to the press for the respect they gave and continue to give
to Jim. I am very moved by the huge outpouring and display of gratitude they
showed. Since then the outpouring has trickled down when the fallen return.
Yes, soldiers who take their lives are casualties deserving tremendous respect.
Jim gave life for country. But the men who r and LIVE lives for country with
lost sight, hearing, limbs, brain injuries, mental anguish...they and their
families are true heroes. Support them. See that politicians to do the same.
Jim was my brother, a few thoughts I'd like to mention.Jim was a
great debater as said in the article and I'm sure he would have many opinions on
the war himself today. As do I. But to explain him, I've never forgotten
something he told me once. "I don't fight for Presidents. I may or may not
like the person in office. But it is my duty to serve the country. He had his
reasons for serving. And they were not about his own personal glory. I can't
speak for my family or his on the 4259 soldiers killed in Iraq. What I can say
is I have never asked or needed others to cry in outrage over his own death.
And for those who do cry in outrage, I'm sure many of you make some points that
are worth discussion. But you can reduce the number of deaths as it changes by
"1". He knew what he was doing, he did not have to go, but he went. The war
will one day be judged by history. worthy or not isn't important, I'm proud of
To Justin and Smiley: Did you realize that some emotionally disturbed
fruitcakes are writing blogs and posting them under your names?
Totally Pathetic:You got it upside down, backa...words. I am a
Vietnam combat veteran. I've killed people and I was wounded. That war was built
on a Lyndon Johnson lie. The war in Iraq is Bush's lie. I weep for all who have
died, are dying and will die in our wars.All GIs have my utter
respect and profound appreciation. But, when we talk about Iraq, we're talking
about a criminal act by Bush, Cheney, Rumsfield and Rice. A lie, a criminal lie,
that has killed hundreds of thousands of human beings.Iraq should
never have happened. If there is an after life, Bush will suffer for
eternity.Those who gave their lives are owed respect. The war does
not. Bush does not. Cheney does not. Rice does not.But through this
all, those who died in Vietnam and Iraq did not die for our freedom. They died
for Johnson's and Bush's lies.
Please edit the line, "Cemeteries across the state, such as the Roy City Stoker
Memorial Cemetery, are dotted with graves of those whom we won't see again."
with "... dotted with graves of those whom we WILL see again." Life after death
is real. God bless the families who have made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom
around the world.
This story is about people who made the ultimate sacrifice for your freedoms!
You may dissagree with what they fought for but they at least deserve your
respect. To those of you who come in here to voice your political agenda and try
to bring light to totally different causes are all completely pathetic. Have you
no shame? Are you that hollow that you will choose any forum to voice your
political views? Shame on you all!
We are all giving our lives, one day at a time, for what we most believe in.
Some of us are giving our lives for a company. Others are giving their lives for
lying, cheating, and stealing. You have to die sometime for some cause, even if
it is the cause of "old age". Why not die for the cause of American freedom? At
least there is honor in dying for your country. There is no honor in dying
slowly over 80 years for some stupid company to get rich exploiting you!
Our soldiers are the finest people in America. They, all deserve our respect.
They and their families know the cost of freedom. No one else really does. There
are many who demonstrate pitiful, mindless actions and speech, using the very
freedom these soldiers provide. The fact that the USA is free, is due entirely
to the American military, no one else. Our all volunteer military, law
enforcement and other public safety are the ONLY ones to protect America,
politicians, except President Bush, will never protect America.
Let's not forget about those who have taken their own lives because of what they
were forced to do and see in Iraq.We love and miss you Rick...
I love all the people attacking President Bush and his administration in this
tribute to a soldier that died protecting our country. All I know is that 4259
men and women joined a military force that volunteered to fight and possibly die
for our protection. I am trying to think of how many citizens of our country
died from a terrorist attack over that time. There might be a few, but
apparently the sacrifice of our soldiers worked. Our country has been
protected. Those soldiers chose to fight and die. The victims that died on
9-11 did not. You might say that Iraq had nothing to do with 9-11, but since we
liberated that country from the dictator Saddam, our country has been relatively
free from terrorism. Thank you soldiers for your sacrifice. Thank you for
protecting those who don't even want your protection, but you do it anyways.
This is NOT a forum to voice anyone's complaints about this war. That's exactly
right, get off this great man's grave and show some respect for those who've
paid the ultimate price. As a Marine Mom whose son was injured by the
detonation of an IED, I find these remarks re: the war extremely offensive. Go
somewhere else to complain. And, while you're at it, silently thank those who
gave YOU the freedom to do so.
Nice name! Blame Bush huh? What about all those fine polititians on the left
that supported this same war? Lets start prosecuting them also, starting with
our secretary of state - Hillary Clinton.Give the GWB thing a rest and
thank God you have true patriots in the military willing to risk all to defend
"In operations leading up to the start of the war, former Utahn John Darren
"J.D." Smith, 32, a pilot, was killed when his Blackhawk helicopter crashed
during a training mission in Kuwait."Darren lived three houses down
the street from me growing up. I am well acquainted with his family
(particulary his mother and youngest son). This was devestating to all, but it
hit closer to home when it became somone I knew.On the same street I grew
up my next door neighborhood friend, now 32, came home last year from his tour
(multiple) as per a car bombing that left him badly burned and limbs amputated.
This war has effected me in that it effected my neighbors and
friends who have so bravely done what they were asked to. I am honored that I
know both of these men. God bless you for what you did to help ensure our
freedom is protected. I pray that cost was not paid for per a political agenda.
That would be the ultimate slap of disrepect these men laid down their lives
Paramhansa Yogananda, a realized master, predicted in the 1950s, that American
would fight a great war, virtually alone, that angels of the Lord would be born
to fight in this great conflict against evil. To die as a warrior in a just
war, was the highest achievement of a man and would bring great karma. Marine
Staff Sgt. James Cawley surely epitomizes these angels of the Lord. Who decides
what is a just war? Not you or I. God decides.
And what about the 100,000 innocent Iraqi civilians that have died as a result
of this ill-begotten war? Are they not worth our remembrance? Our soldiers are
brave and well trained and they deserve our honor, but the cost of this war is
grotesque and we should be fully aware of its consequences.
If you must debate the wars please get off of this great man's grave to do it.
God bless our men and women in uniform, past and present.
All wars are economic wars. Fought to gain or retain an economic advantage for
capitalistic players in the world game of wealth and power accumulation. All
governments ,no matter what their name is within their borders, are capitalists
in the game of the world and there are no rules to restrain their actions.Governments give phony reasons for their war. Only to deceive the
people who are to do the actual fighting. If the phony reason is found out,
they come up with another just as plausible. But they never get around to
telling the truth about the real reason for the war.
Six years ago we were going into a war because of the imminent danger that
Saddam Hussein was posing to America with WMDs and the ties he had to the
terrorists of 9-11. We've since come to realize that G. W. Bush and his
administration was lying to us and the war was merely to advance his personal,
selfish agenda. Forty eight Utahns died for reasons that were not true. A great
lawyer and author, Vincent Bugliosi, has laid out the case for bringing those
responsible to justice in the book, "The Prosecution of George W. Bush for
Murder." Are there any brave prosecutors in Utah who would dare to bring justice
to those 48 brave Utahns and their families?
Personally I would like to thank all those that have fought for our freedom in
this great country. And a special "THANKS" to the families who have lost love
ones during these turbulent times. GOD BLESS AMERICA.
RE: 8:04 amExactly my point. The war started in Afghanistan and
should have stayed there. The Bush administration was looking for a a quick
victory but couldn't find it so they moved to Iraq where George Sr. had a quick
win. Iraq has been everything except a quick victory. The world was supporting
the US in the war in Afghanistan but the world saw the mistake of going into
Iraq and withdrew their support. Do you really think it was worth 4259 deaths
and trillion of dollars? Obama has inherited a giant mess from the failed Bush
era do you expect him to make an immediate unilateral withdrawal?
Every morning I thank you Sgt. Cawley and others before I set for my daily
chores. I don't ask why but I know in my heart that it was deem necessary for
us to have freedom in this great country of ours. Your kids will be fine I'm
sure, they are in good hands and surrounded by loving people in beehive state.
God bless you in your journey...
Where's the outrage from all of these unnecessary deaths? In any other situation
of mass killers George Bush, Dick Cheney, Rumsfeld and a host of others would be
facing war crime convictions.
A touching rememberance of a brother and comrade in arms. James worked with me
on the Salt Lake City Police department. He was a wonderful officer who loved
the people he served both in Salt Lake and in Iraq. And in service he gave his
life, an example to all of us of what it means to love your neighbor as
yourself. I read this while currently serving a mission among the people of
Japan that James also loved with all his heart. An excellent example to all of
us to love one another and to lift where we can, to edify one another and to let
our lights so shine. I know he was welcomed with the pure and simple words,
"Well done, thou good and faithful servant" from a Master well pleased.
While I mourn the 4259 Americans who lost there lives in a military effort for
which they volunteered. Where is the outrage over the 36,000
teenages who have died in the last 6 years from traffic accidents?? What is
being done about that??
Thank you very much Marine for doing what you were called to do and paying the
ultimate sacrifice that others might be able to feel the safety and freedom that
we in the U.S. take for granted all too often.All Gave Some, Some
May God bless the family of Marine Staff Sgt. James Wilford Cawley. He is one of
many who heard the call and followed their hearts. Thank you from the bottom of
my heart for giving your life for your country.